Levelling up: Succeeding through investments in adult literacy & essential skills


In the winter of 2012-13, Canada’s Public Policy Forum and the Canadian Literacy and Learning Network, with the support of Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, convened roundtable discussions in Ottawa and Toronto to explore whether and how a multi-sector approach could improve adult literacy and essential skills in our country. These important discussions provided an opportunity to identify the human capital challenges and opportunities confronting organizations right across Canada.

Roundtable participants agreed that investments in adult literacy, particularly among those who have the lowest skill levels, would generate a significant return on investment in terms of producing higher revenue, reduced costs for governments and a more competitive Canadian workforce. There was also recognition that a more concerted and collaborative approach is necessary for addressing the hidden literacy and essential skills challenges that Canada continues to face.


For more information on the Levelling Up project, please contact:

James McLean
Research Associate
Public Policy Forum
613-238-7858, ext. 225


With thanks to our project partner: